April 28, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Brad Emaus' three-run double in the top of the ninth highlighted a five-run inning as Tulane defeated ECU 9-5 Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Anthony Scelfo led off the inning with a single to left for Tulane (29-15, 6-7) and then advanced to second on a Matt Riser sacrifice bunt. After Cat Everett singled to left putting runners on the corners, Warren McFadden tied the game at five with a double to right center. Mark Hamilton drew an intentional walk and with two outs Emaus drove in the game-winning runs.
Daniel Latham picked up his third win of the season after pitching two innings and allowing one run on two hits. Tulane starter Sean Morgan worked 6 1/3 inning allowing four runs on five hits.
ECU (27-16, 6-7) pitcher Kevin Rhodes dropped to 3-2 on the season after allowing four runs on three hits in 2/3's innings. Shane Mathews lasted just 4 1/3 innings after being hit in the foot by a grounder off the bat of Max Kwan. Jason Neitz relieved Mathews in the fourth and lasted 3 1/3 innings giving up three hits and surrendering two runs. Chris Powell worked the final 2/3 innings allowing one run.
McFadden, Emaus and Seth Henry each collected two hits on the night to pace the Green Wave offense, while Hamilton and Southard each hit home runs.
Jay Mattox was the lone Pirate with a multi-hit performance on the night going 2-for-3 with a run scored. He also extended his current hit streak to nine games. Ryan Tousley lead the team with two RBI. Freshman Ryan Wood saw his 16-game hit streak come to an end after going 0-for-4 at the plate with a pair of strike outs.
The Pirates jumped out early 1-0 lead on Tulane in the bottom of the first when Jake Smith, who was making his first start since April 16 against Albany, lined a single to center field that scored Dale Mollenhauer from third.
Southard put Tulane up 2-1 on his fifth home run of the season, a two-run bomb to left in the top of the fourth.
Tousley's two-run double down the right field line highlighted a three-run seventh which scored Mattox and Jake Dean. Mattox lead the inning off with a walk and stole second base before Dean was hit with Sean Morgan pitch. Harrison Eldridge's sacrifice fly scored Tousley from third to put ECU up 4-2.
Hamilton reclaimed the lead for Tulane in the eight with a two-run shot to left, his 13th of the season tying the game at four.
Brandon Henderson punched a bloop single into right field scoring Adam Witter to put the Pirates up 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Witter got on after being hit by a pitch and moved to third Mattox's single up the middle.
The Pirates and Green Wave will resume the three-game series Saturday night at 6 p.m.